Sr. Mary grew up in a loving family as a middle child with six siblings. As a child she met the Sisters of Mercy through her involvement in the Children of Mary, a group for Catholic girls. It was in this group that she met and was inspired by Sr. Ann Maureen who was especially supportive and helped Mary along the way to discerning her call. Another influential moment in Sr. Mary’s discernment was hearing the story of Damien the Leper which inspired her to go out and serve those in need. As a Sister she did just that when she worked with the poor as well as with the families she encountered through school. Many of the families Sr. Mary met were Puerto Rican. The Bishop of Bridgeport supported her trip to visit Puerto Rico one summer as an immersion experience so she could improve her understanding of the people to whom she ministered. The devotion of the people she met in the villages of Puerto Rico still stands out to her today.
Later on Sr. Mary was able to spend time learning about the earth at Genesis Farm in New Jersey. This time was formative for her and helped her to develop an understanding of the Creator through creation. This understanding and growth helped her to continue living her life in Mercy. In our interview she told me that her understanding of God and creation is constantly evolving especially with the increase of study being done on creation. The energy of the Big Bang is to Sr. Mary the pouring forth of God’s love and energy into the world. The energy and Love of the first moment of creation exists in each of us today and Sr. Mary feels that this is her strength to continue in this life of Mercy. It has helped her to treat the earth, creation, and all people with reverence as the energy of God.